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” When I questioned why she even did it at all, Kanteres’ answer was simple: “I think the majority of nannies end up loving the kids like their own; it’s hard not to.
If you are truly dedicated to your job, caring for these kids takes a special place in your heart and it becomes so much more than just business.” But at the end of the day, it a business, and when I polled the group as to what employment benefits many of them received along with their salary, the list varied from extensive vacation and sick days to multiple club memberships, the use of a vehicle, and getting to vacation with the family.
“You don’t really get breaks and sometimes it can be stressful dealing with children that are having a bad day, or even the parents that come home in a bad mood and criticize everything you’ve done wrong.” Over-and-over again I heard from nannies who felt burnt out by the tasks that they were expected to do.
As one nanny explained, “I was made to be the disciplinarian, while the parents came home and got to the be the good guys who never followed through.” Flipping through my interview notes, I couldn’t find a single nanny who didn’t recall working for a family that left them feeling overwhelmed at the end of the day.
According to International Nanny Association, there are between 800,000 and 1.2 million professional nannies living and working in the United States.When I was first asked to delve into the secret world of nannies by my editor, I have to admit I was more than a little excited.Decades of watching Lifetime movies had led me to believe that nannies were scandalous women, living lives of luxury that a mere resume had allowed them to enter.” I also spoke with Candida Vajana, a nanny who went to nanny school in the U. “We work and often live in other people’s homes, and spend long hours with their children,” Vajana told me. Being a nanny is walking a very thin line between familiarity, and professionalism, and it’s sometimes hard, if not impossible to do.” But although Vajana has always kept herself firmly on the professional side of the job, it soon became clear that the blurring of those lines often sneaks up on the nannies themselves.That fact was further proven when I heard from Ashley Paige, a 30 year-old-nanny in Austin, Texas, who found herself in the middle of her own Lifetime Movie situation not too long ago.
Not any that I know of, yet us nannies are expected to do it day in and day out, and in the end, it’s the children that suffer because we get burned out.” And “I think what most nannies would like parents to know,” says the anonymous nanny, “is that we love your children.